INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indianapolis woman is shot and killed outside an apartment complex on Indy’s near south side.
The shooting was reported around 8:15 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Senate Avenue.
Police say the violence appears to the result of a domestic dispute. Police are continuing to search for the suspect.
Witnesses told police a man and woman got into a fight inside their car. Eventually the man stepped out and shot the woman. During the gunfire, the victim hit the gas and crashed into another parked car. The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 21-year-old Kaylin Cole. Autopsy results were pending.
“They obviously were having a spat about something. She tried to leave, ended up crashing and he just shot her,” said neighbor Dezarae Hargis.
The first officers on scene tried unsuccessfully to save Cole's life. Police say domestic violence is one of the leading causes of women being murdered in the city.
“It is unusual to see female victims of gun violence and unfortunately, many of the female victims we do see are in domestic violence relationships that turns deadly. Our message to them is there’s so much help out there, there are so many resources,” said IMPD Major Richard Riddle.
Experts say 1 in 3 woman will experience some level of domestic violence in their lifetime.
“It really knows no bounds. It’s not a poverty issue. It’s not just a women’s or men’s issue. It’s an issue that impacts everyone in the community and everyone has a role to play to keep people safe,” said Catherine O’Connor with the Julian Center.
“It’s just so scary and so heartbreaking,” said Hargis.
The deadly violence hits home for Hargis, who not only lived next to the victim, but also knows firsthand how challenging it can be to escape a violent relationship.
“My oldest child’s father was abusive and I stayed in the situation for 5 years because I felt like I had nowhere to go. An abuser alienates you,” said Hargis.
Anyone that needs help escaping domestic violence can call 211.